How does a racquet's flex impact it's feel

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by ej, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. ej

    ej Banned

    Nov 18, 2004
    Take two different racquets with the same specs, save stiffness; one is 58 and the other is 68. How would you describe the differences in feel, vibration, off-center hits, feedback...
  2. djones

    djones Hall of Fame

    May 19, 2004
    I'd say the one with the 58 stiffness rating would be a much better stick.
    Cuz you'll feel the ball being absorbed by the strings and this will be so much more comfortable playing volley's, topspin services and topspin strokes in general.
    People say Big Banger Alu Power is a harsh string!
    Now string it up in a quite Flexible frame like the Prestige Classic mid, and this string will feel awesome, not hard at all.
    All these thing are just generally better with a more flexible frame.
  3. El Diablo

    El Diablo Guest

    Feb 19, 2004
    Please excuse my friend djones -- he had a rather high fever when he "answered" your question.
  4. Power Game

    Power Game Professional

    Jun 30, 2004
    more flexible frames (lower number) will generally have "better" feel/feedback, less vibration, less shock on off centered shots. This is because the racquet will give more and the ball will stay there longer (aka dwell time). Flexible racquets do all this at the expense of power...
  5. Gaines Hillix

    Gaines Hillix Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    Here is what the TW Learning Center section has to say about this;

    "A stiffer frame generates more power.

    A stiffer frame has a larger sweetspot.

    A stiffer frame transmits more of the shock load to the arm than a more flexible frame.

    A stiffer frame provides a more uniform ball response across the entire string plane."

    Some stiffer frames also sound tinny or hollow.

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